is very similar to "so" and "therefore." Like "therefore"
it's a conjunctive adverb (the term is not important!). It usually
appears in the middle of sentence, but it may also be used at
the beginning of sentence. If you know what the word "consequence"
means, you shouldn't have any trouble with this.
decided not to use a map; consequently, he got lost and never
found his way out of the forest. There he died.
prices rose too high for Matt to afford; consequently, he
sold his car and made his daily commute by bike.
has been an interest of human beings for centuries; consequently,
our curiousity has led to a better undersanding of our place
in the solar system and human space exploration.
have hunted and killed too many elephants for their tusks; consequently,
they have become an endangered species in some parts of the world.
An adequate water supply is important to a farmer's success;
consequently, irrigation is used in places where water is in
Hector was a very
good student who studied constantly; consequently, he found a
very good job after he graduated from college.
States suffered terribly under a weakened economy and a lack of government oversight in 2008; consequently, the Democrats
easily won in the November 2008 elections.